Subjects: Defence White Paper
For more on this, I’m joined now by the Defence Minister Marise Payne. Marise Payne, welcome to the program.
Good morning, Michael.
Topics: RAAF Amberley facilities, relocation of 17th Construction Squadron
Minister, can you give us a bit of an idea what it will take to get this project done – how many workers, that sort of thing?
JULIE BISHOP: Good afternoon. Minister Payne and I are delighted to welcome to Sydney Japanese Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Kishida and Defence, Nakatani for the sixth 2-+-2 Foreign and Defence Ministers Meeting.
It has been a great honour to serve as Australia’s Minister for Defence.
The safety and security of the people of Australia is the first priority of government.
During the last nine months, there have been significant achievements in Defence. The fragile trust between Defence and Government was restored.
Speers: Let’s return to what’s happening here in Canberra. Alongside all the to and fro on the leadership this week, there’s been some pretty serious developments in terms of our operation to degrade and defeat Islamic State or Daesh.
Topics: Liberal Party leadership; Getting on with governing
The Liberal Party meeting has broken up in Canberra. As far as we know, no statement from Tony Abbott. But the Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has called in, Mr Andrews good morning.